A FRIENDLY REMINDER
Don't you love it when you get those past-due bills in the mail with the little note..."a friendly reminder"? I don't know about you, but I rarely need a reminder that I owe money. Indeed, most notes, bills, letters and remarks from friends that begin with that phrase are usually regarding issues that neither party has forgotten, and both sides know it.
Such is the case with our "friendly reminder" from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Not that we, the voting, working, tax-paying public really need one, but it comes at an opportune time. In the wake of a media-managed presidential campaign, it serves us well to have our short, little, memories jogged as to who we just elected. "Hot-Rod", as he likes to call himself, has reminded us all how flagrantly and helplessly corrupt so many politicians are. I would mention here, as well, that the nickname is apt for reasons that are surely lost on the Governor, but us taxpayers are getting pretty familiar with the "hot-rod" these days. Between the bailouts, the indictments and the never-ending fraud, I am learning to live with the hot-rod permanently jammed between my buttocks. It hurt the first few times, then I got used to it. I'm so at home with it now, I almost called in sick on "Gay-Day".
Putting the anger aside, it is enjoyable to watch Governor Blagojevich squirm. As my friend Brad Marston says, sage advice used to be that if you're in a hole, stop digging. The new mantra is..."get a backhoe". This seems to be the modus-operandi of our pal Rod. Already under investigation by the Federal government, it never dawned on him, his thinking probably daunted by the weight of that hair, that he should, at the very least, keep his mouth shut about his intentions to "sell" Obama's Senate seat. Instead, there is tape after tape of him boasting to fellow criminals about "how 'bleeping' much money this seat is worth" and how if he doesn't "get what I 'bleeping' want for it, I'll keep it for myself". Excellent, Rod. The gift that keeps on giving.
Stranger still is the wonder of how dolts like this get elected. Are voters that stupid? Obama, who is busy running in the other direction, was shown on a tape from 2002 saying his only concern at that time was "getting Rod Blagojevich in the State House". Couple this with Jeremiah Wright, who I predicted would be back, forcing himself back into the public eye in the worst way possible, and Bill Ayers doing the same(you knew these guys loved the attention and would be back for more), Chicago is getting windier and windier for Barack Obama.
We see it time after time. Self-destructing politicians. Is there something in the water? Maybe it's just human nature to never be satisfied. It does take a deliberate, cognizant effort to take inventory of one's blessings. It would seem prudent, for those who have many, to take a quick look at the "risk-benefit" ratio before embarking on an effort to covertly turn a vacated Senate seat into cash. Truly, this guy is such an astonishing idiot that I have a hard time getting my head around it. And further, this isn't any Senate seat, it's Obama's seat. Everyone...everyone is watching. Still, this cross-eyed Muppet of a man didn't let any of that stand in his way. It is pure greed, selfishness beyond reason,and the behavior mocks the integrity of our Nation and our electoral process, and will probably net him little more than a slap on the wrist.
Lastly, let's not forget to look inward. We, the voting public, must take stock of ourselves, as we continue to vote for officials from the same tainted cesspool. We moan and whine about the bail-out, about our corrupt, thieving politicians...and then we forget about it and move on. There simply must be a way out. There just has to be a better way, a way to truly take back this country and to find, and then elect, men and women of higher caliber. We teach our children to be honest, not to cheat, lie or steal. Maybe it's time to start teaching the adults.